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Old 07-19-2010, 01:32 PM   #1
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I stumbled on this today Airstream Restored 1970 Over Land Custom Land Yacht: eBay Motors (item 200496086963 end time Jul-25-10 00:00:00 PDT)

Since I watched every single episode several times on youtube, I thought it was worthy of posting.

I need to look at the pictures closer, but it looks like it has a bunch of new aluminum on it, complete with tool marks.

The other thing that I find interesting about this whole thing is that it was on a show about restoring old vehicles. They spent an entire episode on curtains, yet never addressed running gear. The axles look completely sagged out.

It will be interesting to see what this goes for.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:50 PM   #2
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I'm watching it on Ebay also.

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Old 07-19-2010, 06:35 PM   #3
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So it looks like the lower section of aluminum has been replaced almost the entire length of the trailer, including the front corner piece. Oddly, the section between there and the door looks unaffectd. I also notice that it has one of those black plastic corner bananna wrap reproductions with the clearance light on it. I wonder what the story is there. It certainly wasn't like that at the show's end.

And since I have personal experience with this, it looks like it has a fairly advanced case of rear end separation.

Ok. I think I have given this enough attention.

-Wait, stop the presses! It already has a bid for 17.5K!
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:49 PM   #4
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The difference between the polished sections and the other pieces is interesting. At the end of the TV series the trailer was fully polished, so that would suggest that some panels were replaced.

BTW, I still think it needs new axles...
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:48 PM   #5
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17.5 K and needs new axles.
Now, that's a real deal....
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:33 PM   #6
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rear axles

How can you guys tell if rear axles need work? Which photo?
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How can you guys tell if rear axles need work? Which photo?
I figured someone else would jump on this. But since a PHD didn't chime in, you are going to have to settle for a TA, if you can forgive the poor analogy. A real teacher can correct my mistakes-

Generally speaking, you can determine sagged out axles just by the amount of tire showing under the wheel well. In this case, there is almost no tire showing above the rim before the bottom of the wheel well covers it up. And by the way, it isn't just the rear axle, it is both. This isn't the most scientific approach, but is usually dead-on accurate. Tire size can skew this technique somewhat.

There is also some background information available in this case. Since they didn't address it in the show, it is safe to assume they didn't replace the axles. Seeing the pictures just further solidifies things. Couple that with my having the exact same trailer (down to the year) that I look at everyday, it is kind of a no-brainer.

A more scientific approach would be to crawl under the trailer and measure the down-angle of the arm. This number might not be right, but it seems like an unloaded trailer should have about 5 degrees or more of down. Mine were about level before replacement. I have read of other's who actually had negative.

Hope that helps. Oh yeah, another pretty good rule of thumb is if they have never been replaced on a vintage trailer, the odds are that they are shot.
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our 70 Overlander had negative angles on all the axle with it gutted out. So I can only imagine what they would have been like with a load on them...
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FYI This trailer sold about a year ago I think at the Barrett-Jackson Auction for about $15,000.Not sure where I saw this but I remember the amount.
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